River Valley BHWC - Waconia
Therapists / Clinicians
MA, LPCC Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Location(s): Savage, Waconia
Mindy is a mental health therapist at River Valley, working with children, teens, and young adults. Mindy obtained her Masters at Argosy University in Clinical Psychology with a focus in children's mental health therapy. Her experience includes, day treatment, in-home services, individual, and parent-involved strategies. Mindy's focus includes working with individuals struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression, and ASD. In her free time, Mindy enjoys spending time with family, trying new coffee shops and restaurants, and staying active!
Paula has over 25 years of experience working with families. She comes to therapy with a background in trauma and crisis situations. Understanding that everyone handles these situations differently and what is traumatic for some might not be for others is at the center of how Paula approaches therapy and helping others. She has a strong understanding of family systems and how families can come together in difficult times. Paula uses a combination of CBT, Narrative therapy, DBT and talk therapy to help individuals reach their full potential. She is passionate about teenagers and their unique developmental phase. Paula works with children and uses developmentally appropriate approaches to help them identify emotions and learn to manage them through mindfulness and self-care. Paula has extensive experience in managing grief and loss, adoption and attachment issues, trauma backgrounds, and managing terminal illness.
Paula has a Masters degree in Applied Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University. She started her career working strictly with families in crisis and is now focused on helping families and individuals work through daily issues. She hopes to create an environment for individuals to feel safe expressing themselves and allow them to feel seen and heard.
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